It's simple, affordability. Ikea allows for people to access modern design with an affordable price point. They have pre fabricated units ready to be used in the home without long lead times. Kitchen and bath units can be measured in the store allowing for easy transition into your existing space. That transition becomes even more valuable by having the piece of mind its going to look great in your home without any surprises such as things not fitting once you begin installation. Plus, you can see it as a full room before you buy it.
What is Ikea?
Ikea sells ready-to-assemble rooms. Its often associated with a simplified eco-friendly interior design that is modern and efficient. IKEA has been a pioneering force in sustainable approaches to mass consumer culture. The company applies an integrated approach to manufacturing and design. In response to the explosion of human population and material expectations in the 20th and 21st century, the company implements economies of scale, capturing material streams and creating manufacturing processes that hold costs and resource use down.
The intended result is flexible, adaptable home furnishings, scalable both to smaller homes and dwellings as well as large houses.
Rather than being sold pre-assembled, much of IKEA's furniture is designed to be self-assembled. The company claims that this helps reduce costs and use of packaging by not shipping air; the volume of a bookcase, for example, is considerably less if it is shipped unassembled rather than assembled. This is also practical for many of the chain's European customers, where public transport is commonly used, and the flat-pack methods allowing for easier transport via public transportation.
The environmental measures taken include the following:
• Replacing polyvinylchloride (PVC) in wallpapers, home textiles, shower curtains, lampshades and furniture—PVC has been eliminated from packaging and is being phased out in electric cables;
• minimizing the use of formaldehyde in its products, including textiles;
• eliminating acid-curing lacquers;
• reducing the use of chromium for metal surface treatment;
• limiting the use of substances such as cadmium, lead, PCB, PCP, and Azo pigments;
• using wood from responsibly managed forests that replant and maintain biological diversity;
• using only recyclable materials for flat packaging and "pure" (non-mixed) materials for packaging to assist in recycling.
housecraftmodern kitchens / baths / interiors
SIMPLE. MODERN. KITCHENS, BATHS & INTERIORS FOR THE DENVER / BOULDER AREA 303-883-8534 www.house-craft.net